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Savage Harvest

A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller's Tragic Quest for Primitive Art
Hoffman, Carl (Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Retracing Rockefeller's steps, journalist Carl Hoffman traveled to the jungles of New Guinea to solve a decades-old mystery and illuminate a culture transformed by years of colonial rule.
Authors: Hoffman, Carl, 1960-
Title: Savage harvest
a tale of cannibals, colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller's tragic quest for primitive art
Publisher: New York, NY :, William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2014]
Edition: First edition
Characteristics: x, 322 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Carl Hoffman
Notes: Map on lining papers
Summary: Retracing Rockefeller's steps, journalist Carl Hoffman traveled to the jungles of New Guinea to solve a decades-old mystery and illuminate a culture transformed by years of colonial rule.
ISBN: 9780062116154
0062116150
9780062325310
0062325310
Branch Call Number: 995.1 H6992s 2014
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages [286]-312) and index
Subject Headings: Asmat (Indonesian people) Rockefeller, Michael Clark Death and burial Hoffman, Carl, 1960- Travel New Guinea Ethnology New Guinea
Topical Term: Asmat (Indonesian people)
Ethnology
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February:Truth is much much stranger than fiction. A fascinating real life whodunit for art lovers and armchair anthropologists.

Retracing Rockefeller's steps, journalist Carl Hoffman traveled to the jungles of New Guinea to solve a decades-old mystery and illuminate a culture transformed by years of colonial rule.

The mysterious disappearance of Michael Rockefeller in remote New Guinea in 1961 has kept the world, and even Michael's powerful, influential family, guessing for years. Now, Carl Hoffman uncovers startling new evidence that finally tells the full, astonishing story.

The mysterious disappearance of Michael Rockefeller in remote New Guinea in 1961 has kept the world, and even Michael's powerful, influential family, guessing for years. Now, Carl Hoffman uncovers startling new evidence that finally tells the full, astonishing story.


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Jul 16, 2014
  • Poodlemom206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great read seeped in history and anthropology. Michael Rockefeller's disappearance and death happened when I was in grade school, and I'm still fascinated by "ancient" tribes and customs that inhabit our modern world. Perhaps it was Mr. Hoffman's writing style, but I found the ending somewhat wanting--like the dessert that didn't materialize--my reason for four stars. Irregardless, this is a story of modern adventure worth reading.

"In 1961, a scion of the powerful Rockefeller family, 23-year-old Michael, disappeared during an expedition to Dutch New Guinea where he'd planned to study a primitive tribe and gather art for a museum that his father -- the governor of New York -- had founded. Michael's body was never found, and officials ruled that he had drowned... but rumours swirled that he was actually killed and eaten by natives. In search of the truth, avid traveller and author Carl Hoffman recently retraced Michael’s path, immersing himself in the world of former headhunters and cannibals to solve this historical whodunit. If you enjoy this "riveting, multilayered tale." (Publishers Weekly), pick up Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff, which takes place in the same area." Armchair Travel April 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/b540cdee-6ff9-4238-b4b3-c43642bf3ab4?postId=c1aab84c-7171-4dfc-bf35-bd4d1ce3a6e1

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